posted on Feb, 15 2012 @ 12:34 PM
Originally posted by elevenaugust
Originally posted by doubledutch
interesting thread, we really need to find the original image, what it was created for and when...
Like I said page 2, it's an artwork made by "Ben Frost" and published (not anymore available though) in the retortmagazine.com.
I've just sent him an email asking for clarifications.
Gday. Long time lurker, first time poster. Felt compelled to reply after doing a touch more digging into the excellent research by elevenaugust.
Yes the work is by Ben Frost. I would hazard a guess he would be quite interested in your email and to learn the places this piece has been used ...
particularly the exam paper.
Ben was feature artist in the September 2001 edition (vol1 ed5) of Retort Magazine. This image however, featured in the 'extras' of the October 2001
issue (vol1 ed6). These issues are archived by Pandora - Australia's web archive (pandora.nla.gov.au...
The artwork is titled simply, "Armageddon" ... "Armageddon or Bust" is a different piece of artwork by the same artist.
The archived issue is here - pandora.nla.gov.au...
Select 'Extras' ... then click on "A NEW PAINTING BY BEN FROST"
A list of all the archived issues is here - pandora.nla.gov.au...
Thanks OP for an intriguing find. Most surely it was suspected, at the very least, by the examiners, what the image represented. I've also
backward-searched it through Google images and its disturbing the type of webpages the image has been used for. The artwork is also directly linked at
that last address I gave, with the "Armageddon" title and the artist's name. There is no doubt Ben is the creator and that the work has a 'sinister'
theme ... far from any toy manufacture advert.
edit on 15-2-2012 by MsVen because: link fix